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Takeaway owner jailed – ‘unfit to run a kitchen’

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The former owner of a food outlet in Cilgerran has been jailed for four months after he was branded “unfit to run a kitchen” by a Crown Court Judge.

Zhi Hua Zhao ran the Grace Chinese takeaway when a routine inspection in January 2018 by an officer from Pembrokeshire County Council’s food safety team found unsatisfactory and substandard conditions.

The visit resulted in the issue of a food hygiene rating of 0 – the lowest rating under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme – and a requirement for Zhao to complete immediate improvements in order to protect public health.

Formal proceedings followed due to the seriousness of the conditions identified and continued non-compliance.

When Zhao disappeared, providing no forwarding address, the Council obtained a warrant for his arrest.

It was also discovered that in 2009 Zhao had been banned by Maidstone Crown Court from running a food business.

But Swansea Crown Court heard on Monday (13th January) that, despite the ban, Zhao had continued to operate food businesses.

Zhao was arrested and was charged with five food hygiene offences including failure to comply with an Improvement Notice and running a food business while prohibited by a court order.

Sentencing Zhao, Judge HHJ Walters said: “The reality in this case is that you are not fit to run any kitchen. You don’t have basic understanding of what is required. Food hygiene rules are there for a purpose, not simply bureaucratic rules. They are there to ensure safety of the public”.

Zhao was sentenced to four months imprisonment concurrent for each offence and ordered to pay £1,000 prosecution costs within 12 months.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Cris Tomos, said after the hearing: “The conditions in these premises were particularly poor, and the food hygiene rating score of 0, combined with a continuing failure to comply with food safety requirements, meant that a prosecution was inevitable.

“The sentence reflects current guidelines and we expect to see similar offences dealt with equally seriously by the courts.”
Councillor Tomos added: “This case demonstrates the crucial importance of food businesses complying with all food safety legislation.”

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Pembroke: Leave teenage girls alone, sex offender told

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A SEX OFFENDER from Ashdale Lane, Pembroke has been jailed for repeatedly ignoring court orders which were put in place to protect young girls.
Gareth Thomas James Flynn, aged 41, frightened a 14-year-old girl who refused to get off a bus in case he managed to find out where she lived.
41-year-old Gareth Thomas James Flynn scared a 14-year-old girl because she refused to get of a bus, frightened he would learn her address.
He admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was jailed today for a year.
Sitting at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Geraint Walters berated the defendant.  His Honour said that Flynn had shown a complete disregard for the original SHPO.
The judge said: “Leave teenage girls alone. They are scared of you”
He told Flynn he would be on licence for 12 months after his release from prison, and he reminded him that the SHPO remained in place.

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Narberth: ‘My mum’s camper was stolen and found burned out down the road’

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A CAMPER VAN stolen on Thursday night in Narberth was found burned a short distance from where it was parked, the owner’s son has said.

Zachary Bunce posted an appeal on Facebook on Friday morning saying: “Can every single one of my friends please share this my mother’s Ford transit campervan was stolen last night in the Narberth area can people please be on the lookout for this van as my mother is completely heartbroken.”

But three hours later he updated the post to say: “Thank you everyone who shared, sadly my mums van was driven 1.3 miles down the road and driven into a ditch and burnt it out.

Mr Bunce has said on that the incident has been captured on CCTV, and took place at 2.10am in the morning (Jan 24).
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101.

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Hook: Police and school confirm death of boy, 13

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POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy from Hook on Wednesday (Jan 22)

A police spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy, from the Hook area of Pembrokeshire.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. Next of kin have been advised and are being supported.”

A letter was sent out to parents and carers by Haverfordwest High VC School headteacher Jane Harries following the death. The letter reads: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you about the sudden death of a year nine pupil at our school.

“The children in Year nine were told this morning by myself and other pupils were told by their teachers during their lesson this afternoon. The full detail surrounding the death are not known at this stage – but children have been reassured that this is something that does not happen very often. Your child may or may not want to talk bout it, but it is likely that he/she will need your special care, attention and reassurance at this difficult time.

“We are deeply affected by the death, but we are trying, for the children’s sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, whilst allowing the children opportunities to talk about the pupil if they wish to. Trained support staff and counsellors are helping to support us through this difficult time. If you feel that your child needs extra support, please let us know.

“Our thoughts are with the pupil’s family at this difficult time, and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s achievement leader, or Miss Thomas, pastoral support manager. Paul Lucas, chairman of the governing body at Haverfordwest High VC School, said: “The governors are shocked at the tragic loss of this young student. The family are in our thoughts at this very sad time.”

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